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From the ashes of The Social rises The Dog & Bear

Richard Lambert at The Hoxton

Decked out in a Tijuana t-shirt and rocking there-was-no-water-in-my-apartment-this-morning hair, Richard Lambert taps his foot on the hardwood floor of The Hoxton. Between chats with his landlord and phone calls from contacts he reassures are not being purposely ignored, Lambert mulls over what exactly The Hoxton is. Situated at King St. W and Bathurst St. in a building with no street number (the address is 69 Bathurst St. for the curious), The Hoxton will mean many things to many people.

“It’s an event space. It’s a nightclub, it’s a corporate event space, it’s a concert hall, it’s all of the above and that would be perhaps the reason for its possible success,” Lambert told OurFaves last week. “You’re not leaning on just one concept. ”

If you’ve never heard of Lambert, you probably know him through his food, club and vintage fur coats. The nightclub impresario is behind the uber popular Parts & Labour, 69 Vintage and The Social (now defunct). Up until about six months ago, Lambert was an ever-present figure at his beloved Parkdale restaurant, Parts & Labour, but most recently, he’s been logging long hours in the west end at The Hoxton prepping it for its opening just in time for the Toronto Film Festival.

Once The Hoxton is up and running, Lambert won’t have much of a break. With the closing of The Social comes a new project – The Dog & Bear pub – slated to open in November. It’s an homage to an identically-named pub in Canterbury, England owned by Lambert’s father.

If you’ve ever wondered where one of Toronto’s most prolific trendsetters dines, drinks and rests his head, read on. Continue reading


The Drake Hotel’s Anthony Rose dishes on the Dining Roadshow and the secret to his famous burgers

Later this month, The Drake Hotel is hitting the road but isn’t leaving its backyard. Beginning June 23, Chef Anthony Rose and his audacious posse of cooks are taking the dining room on a field trip to a mess hall and Chinatown. The “restaurant-within-a-restaurant” concept will come complete with ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles, cafeteria trays and tomato alphabet soup. In September, the restaurant will transform yet again into circa 1940s Chinatown in Los Angeles. Just in time for TIFF, The Drake Hotel will be dishing out pork belly fried rice, firecracker maple shrimp and oxtail wontons. Continue reading

BIXI bike share program launches in Toronto

It wasn’t quite bike weather on Tuesday morning in Toronto as rain fell, puddles formed and the clouds obscured the sun. You wouldn’t know it, but a new biking revolution was brewing on Yonge and Gould Streets. BIXI has rolled into town and today marked the launch of its bike sharing program. With 300 shiny new black bikes lined up neatly in their docking stations, it’s going to get a lot easier for Torontonians to hop on a bike and take a tour of their city. Continue reading

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Q&A with OurFaves’ newest expert: foodieyu

We have a newbie foodie in the OurFaves mix – she’s foodieyu of Food Junkie Chronicles. We asked her our six most burning food questions… Continue reading

The Verge Music Awards touch down in Toronto

Hannah Georgas has performed at Lilith Fair, wrote a jingle for a Walmart commerical and has received props from Taylor Swift. But last night, she had to make sure she brought her mom’s car home at a decent hour. Georgas was one of three rising Canadian indie acts feted on Tuesday night at the annual Verge Music Awards. The show, presented by XM Canada and held at The Mod Club in Toronto, celebrated Canadian music talent in three categories: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year. Continue reading

Get to know your city’s pros

In the midst of unearthing the newest niche cafes and sauciest southern sandwiches, we’ve also been busy building a fresh community of local experts who are lending their distinct and passionate voices to all corners of OurFaves. OurFaves Experts are people with special urban wisdom to share. They’re urban influencers hot on the coolest trends, seasoned bloggers, TV personalities, and clued-in consultants who have become trusted sources on the city’s very best! Get to know some of our new additions:

ann anndouglas

“I’m a mom of four who specializes in writing about pregnancy and parenting and other health and lifestyle issues. I’m the creator of The Mother of All ® book series (The Mother of Al Pregnancy Books, The Mother of All Baby Books, The Mother of All Toddler Books, The Mother of All Parenting Books”

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jessicaclaire jessicaclaire

“Shopping and decor aficionado and blogger extraordinarie”

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lisaborden lisaborden

“Lisa Borden is an eco-advocate, whose business, Borden Communications + Design Inc. is a direct reflection of her commitment to better, more responsible living”

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Kat kattancock

“Kat Tancock is web and communities editor at Best Health magazine. When she’s not busy editing, she runs, climbs, takes yoga and ballet classes and searches out the yummiest and healthiest food in the city”

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Gizelle gizellelau

“A Toronto native and philosophy grad turned writer for travel, food and lifestyle on, and who loves to travel, eat and sit on patios all over the world thinking about life”

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You can get to know the rest of our experts and keep track of newcomers each week here, and don’t forget to stay in the loop though our Twitter and Facebook pages.

So, what do you think of our Experts so far? Do you have any recommendations for future Expert contributors?